Mar 20, 2013 - 4:40 pm
This is something Texas-Wedge and I talked about a month ago. Why my Nephrologist had me taking my blood pressure setting and then standing. Your BP drops when you stand up because of the blood rushing to your feet when you stand. Your pulse will quicken at the same time to try to compensate for the BP dropping. What our question was, Why take it both sitting and then standing within a couple minutes of each test?
Well the answer is, if the BP drops to less than 110 systolic than it may be an indicator of dehydration. Anyone with only one kidney needs to be concerned about dehydration as it can damage your one working kidney. Out of the 30 days I tracked BP in both positions my pressure dropped to 110 3 times and to 107 once. I guess not enough to worry him because my kidney function post surgery as improved from approx 30% to 39% which is much better than I anticipated. I'm happy and the doctor is happy with the kidney function results since I do not have to return to him for six months. One significant concern and hurdle out of the way for now.